Fifteen years after his death and on the day when Tupac Shakur would have turned 40, Dexter Isaac has come forward claiming responsibility for robbing and shooting the notorious rapper outside of Quad Recording Studios in Manhattan in 1994.
Isaac, 46, who is serving a life sentence at Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) in Brooklyn, New York, has issued a public statement through AllHipHop.com in which he claims that now that the statute of limitations for prosecution of the crime has passed he has decided to come forward with the details of the night 2Pac was shot, 2 years before his eventual death.
In his statement, Isaac spelled out his alleged dealings with James Rosemond, (aka Jimmy Henchman), whose been called 'an entertainment guru' and was the founder of Henchman Productions and co-founder of Czar Entertainment, a management company in New York City.
Isaac makes claims of drug dealing, and government informants involving Rosemond, as well as deals that kept some out of prison and landed others in jail, including Isaac. Isaac denies Rosemond's supposed claims that he too was a government informant. He also claims in his confession that the alleged attack, robbery and shooting of Shakur in 1994 was orchestrated by Rosemond.
"In 1994, James Rosemond hired me to rob 2Pac Shakur at the Quad Studio. He gave me $2,500, plus all the jewelry I took, except for one ring, which he wanted for himself. It was the biggest of the two diamond rings that we took. He said he wanted to put the stone in a new setting for his girlfriend at the time, Cynthia Ried. I still have as proof the chain that we took that night in the robbery, said Isaac in his statement on the AllHipHop website."
Shakur himself may have known who was responsible for the Quad Studio's attack. In his first album released posthumously, Shakur raps in a song titled 'Against All Odds', recorded before his death, about paying back Jimmy Henchman for the shooting, said CBS News. The explicit lyrics and music can be read and heard here.
The Associated Press is reporting New York City police are investigating Isaac's confession of the crime, which occurred 17-years ago.
Shakur, who was a rapper and an actor, starring in Juice and Poetic Justice, had his own troubles with the law that landed him in jail on a number of occasions. He served a short term behind bars for assault and battery in 1994 and was convicted of sexual assault in 1995. His IMBd profile says he was out pending an appeal when he was shot and killed in Las Vegas in 1996 after serving 8 months of his sentence. Shakur was 25 years-old when he was murdered in the drive-by shooting.
The famous photograph of Shakur taken just twenty minutes before the drive-by shooting, from the cover of the book The Killing of Tupac Shakur by Cathy Scott.
The rapper has stayed in the news since the time of his death with one report after another claiming that he is still alive. These reports have been fueled by articles written and posted on websites like Cracked.com that backup their attempts at humor with enough conspiracy theories attributed to lyrics in Shakur's music and add in a few false facts to keep most readers on their toes and in on the hoax with an occasional ridiculous and unproven allegation.
Most recently Shakur hit the news again and this time it was on PBS Newshour with another report that he was alive and living in New Zealand. Digital Journal reported PBS was the victim of an alleged hacking by LulzSec in which the hacktivists posted the Tupac still alive in New Zealand story online.
Shakur's killer, and his accomplices, have never been found, although much speculation into the case has been made public by numerous sources within the music industry as well as mainstream media. To this day, Shakur's murderer's identity remains a mystery.